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The Electric Decade: Eurelectric Power Summit 2021

Low Carbon Future

The 2020s will be the decade for digital and decarbonised electrification. In May, leading EU energy players, policymakers, CEOs, Ministers, innovators and thought leaders will come together to discuss and debate the Electric Decade at the  Eurelectric Power Summit 2021.

The time is now for an accelerated uptake of clean electricity across all sectors; delivering carbon emission reductions, economic recovery, clean air and new sustainable jobs.

This is a huge 10-year opportunity: An Electric Decade.

The opportunities and challenges that will define this Electric Decade will be discussed and dissected during the virtual Eurelectric Power Summit 2021 event, from May 25 to 28.

Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB and President of Eurelectric, will welcome more than 3,000 conference attendees to the online event which will be broadcast from three European studios including Dublin, Ireland.

“The Eurelectric Power Summit is the key forum for sharing expertise and ideas among the European electricity sector, particularly as we face into one of the most transformative periods in our history,” said O’Doherty. “Here in Ireland, we have the highest share of onshore wind on our system in the world and have ambitious plans to generate 70% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030, along with the widespread electrification of transport and heating. I am very much looking forward to discussing some of our strategies and insights with other industry leaders over the course of the Summit.”

Some of the key topics that will be discussed include: 

  • 24/7 Carbon Free Energy – Accelerating grid decarbonisation through corporate energy procurement strategies 

  • New renewable technologies 

  • EU ETS Reform 

  • Market designs for investments 

  • Flexibility – From theory to action 

  • DSOs – Strengthening the backbone of the EU power system 

  • Hydrogen 

  • Offshore strategies 

  • eMobility 


A number of high-profile speakers will discuss key topics during the three-day event, including: 

  • Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of ESB and President of Eurelectric 

  • Micheál Martin, Taoiseach of Ireland  

  • Tinne Van der Straeten, Minister for Energy, Belgium 

  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway 

  • Dan Yergin, VC, IHS Markit & Pulitzer Prize Winner 

  • Connie Hedegaard, Former EU Commissioner Climate Action 

  • Adam Guibourgé – Czetwertyński, Polish Undersecretary of State 

  • Dan Jørgensen, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities 

  • Peter Hinssen, Co-Founder & partner at nexxworks 

  • Mairead McGuinness, EU Commissioner Financial Services and Stability and Capital Markets Union 

  • Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Club of Rome President and Chair, DGR&I Think Tank ESIR, EC 

  • Peter Hinssen, Entrepreneur and Author 

  • Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation 

  • Steven van Belleghem, Thought Leader 

  • Leonhard Birnbaum, E.ON Member of the Board of Management and VP, Eurelectric 

  • Kerstin Andrear, Chairwoman, Management Bord and Board of Directors Member, BDEW 

  • Christian Rynnin – Tønnsen, President and CEO, Statkraft 

  • Michael Liebreich, Chairman and CEO, Liebreich Associates 

  • Nigel Topping, High Level Champion for Climate Action COP26 

  • Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO, Accenture Europe 

  • Lawrence Slade, CEO, GIIA 

  • Emma Pinchbeck, CEO, Energy UK 

  • Ismail Ertug, MEP 

  • Markus Rauramo, President and CEO, Fortim 

  • Antonio Cammisecra, Head, Global Infrastructure and Networks, Enel 

  • Wojciech Dabrowski, President, Management Board, PKEE 

  • Andrei Marcu, Founder and Executive Director, ERCST 

  • Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO, SolarPower Europe 

  • Cristian-Silviu Busoi, MEP 

  • Morten Peterson, MEP 

  • Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director General DG Energy, European Commission  

  • Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Green Deal, European Commission  


For more information or to register for the 2021 Eurelectric Power Summit click here.

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